Transparency

We now have over 200 COVID-19 positives in the province, including Bacolod, and it is inevitable that figures will continue to rise in the coming days from test backlogs and the resumption of travel for LSIs starting today. As announced, there will be one flight a day and a boatload come Wednesday.

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No strikes for ABS-CBN

No strikes. Just “OUT” immediately. I don’t know why the thought of baseball just came to my mind when I learned that Congress never gave second thoughts, or another chance at bat, before declaring ABS-CBN out of the game. Of course nobody questioned the referee, they all know who his own coaches must be. Some of my own colleagues have expressed apprehensions at what could also happen to our own fellow practitioners who may dare step on tender toes, but I always console myself with what the late Msgr. Antonio Fortich used to tell us: “They won’t bother with you, you are only mosquitoes”.

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Imprisonment

It would seem that government officials are running out of ideas and are now turning to instilling fear among the people of the country to ensure compliance with health protocols against COVID-19. Instead of focusing on more diligent and humane enforcement with heavier fines, they resort to the threat of imprisonment as a penalty for quarantine violators.

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Brgys given P15M

Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson turned over checks to barangays of Negros Occidental yesterday, totaling P15 million to fund their projects, a press release from the Capitol said.

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Cops nab 4 drug suspects

Four more drug suspects were apprehended by the police in separate buy-bust operations on Wednesday and Thursday in Negros Occidental that also yielded more than P27,000 worth of suspected shabu.

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CHO gets 1,000 rapid test kits

The Dumaguete City Health Office received about 1,000 Rapid 2019-NCOV test kits recently, that were procured by Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo to replenish the dwindling stocks of the city’s medical technologists to manage the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Body of fisherman found

The body of the fisherman who had been missing since Tuesday was found floating in the waters of Barangay 1 in Ilog town, Negros Occidental, at about 6 a.m. yesterday.

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Agri project seeks KOICA funding

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147 in Region 6 face SAP raps

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